Action Together COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Published date: 
Thursday, 2nd April 2020

At Action Together we recognise community action is taking place across the boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside & Glossop, and we want to encourage and support this action. 

We are delighted to let you know that we are launching a Community Response Fund that is available for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside & Glossop groups from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector working on a COVID-19 Community Response and meet either of these priorities:

Jigsaw Foundation

Aims/priorities: Through the Jigsaw Foundation, Jigsaw Group provides a community funding programme to support local projects run by charities, resident and community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and partner agencies in the North West and East Midlands.

The Jigsaw Foundation funding programme seeks to make a difference to the lives of Jigsaw Homes Group residents and their communities through projects in the following areas:

Asda Foundation - Bringing Communities Back Together

Aims/priorities: In light of easing of coronavirus restrictions, the new scheme Bringing Communities Back Together aims to support local groups by providing two tranches of funding (Phase 1 and Phase 2), aimed at supporting a celebration event or enabling activities and services to get back on track after the disruption of the pandemic.

There are three funding streams available:

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Force for Change Programme

Aims/priorities: The 2021 programme offers grants to registered charities and community interest companies with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities. The funding aims to support community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration, supporting post-COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities. Eligible project must fit under one of two main themes:

Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme

Aims/priorities: The scheme is part of the Government's Action Against Hate - The UK Government’s Plan for Tackling Hate Crime. It will provide protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to, or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack. In a bid to tackle the increasing number of hate crimes directed at religious buildings, the Government is making the funding available to places of worship so that they can purchase extra security equipment. The funding can cover the costs of up to three security measures from the following list:

Bike Library Grant - Active Travel Fund

Aims/priorities: A bike library is a simple concept. It’s a location where people can go to borrow a bike for free. Access to a bike is an issue in Greater Manchester (GM) with up to 75% of households not having one available. Therefore, even with the high-quality infrastructure being installed in many areas, if individuals do not have the ability to try it, maximum usage will not be achieved.

Poundland Foundation

Aims/priorities: The Poundland Foundation are a grant-making charity, supporting both national charity partners and smaller organisations across the UK. They have pledged to distribute over £3m in donations over the next two years.

The first round of funding is called ‘Kits-for-Kids’, and aims to help as many children as possible to be active and enjoy sports by providing them with the right equipment to do so.

Who can apply? Grants are available for local charities and community organisations across the UK.